Applications are hereby invited from suitably qualified candidates to apply for the fully funded 2022-2023 International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship for Women Journalists worldwide. The application deadline is April 15, 2022.
The International Women’s Media Foundation, located in Washington, D.C., is an organization working internationally to elevate the status of women in the media. The IWMF has created programs to help women in the media develop practical solutions to the obstacles they face in their careers and lives.
The Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship provides academic and professional opportunities to advance the reporting skills of women and nonbinary journalists who focus on human rights and social justice. The Fellowship was created in memory of The Boston Globe correspondent and IWMF Courage in Journalism Award (1998) winner Elizabeth Neuffer, who died while reporting in Iraq on May 9, 2003. In collaboration with Neuffer’s family and friends, the IWMF started this program to honor Neuffer’s legacy while advancing her work in the fields of human rights and social justice.
The Neuffer Fellowship is designed for women, nonbinary or gender non-conforming journalists with at least three years of professional experience in journalism working in print, broadcast, or digital media, either as a staff journalist or as a freelancer. All nationalities are welcome to apply but non-native English speakers must have excellent written and verbal English skills in order to fully participate in and benefit from the program. The Fellow will complete research and coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies and journalism internships at The Boston Globe and The New York Times. The flexible structure of the program will provide the fellow with opportunities to pursue academic research and hone her reporting skills. Past fellows have taken advantage of opportunities to publish work under their byline through various media outlets.
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- Neuffer Fellows receive a fixed monthly stipend to cover their living costs. The IWMF also arranges and covers the cost of housing in Cambridge and New York City for the fellow.
- The IWMF purchases round-trip economy airfare from the fellow’s place of residence to Washington, D.C., as well as transportation between the Fellowship cities.
- The fellow receives health insurance during the program.
- The Fellowship does not include a salary.
- For fellows residing outside of the United States, the Fellowship also covers the costs of applying for and obtaining a U.S. visa. The fellow is fully responsible for any additional incidental expenses and other costs.
The following are the IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship application requirements;
- The Neuffer Fellowship is open to women, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming journalists whose work focuses on human rights and social justice issues.
- All applicants for the Neuffer Fellowship must be working journalists with at least three years of full-time, professional journalism experience. Internships and journalism-related work completed as a university student do not count as professional experience. Applicants may be staff or freelance journalists.
- Journalists from any country around the world are eligible to apply. However, applicants must speak, read and write English fluently in order to fully participate in and benefit from the Fellowship.
Neuffer Fellows are selected by the IWMF and a committee of Elizabeth Neuffer’s family and friends. Consideration of candidates will be based on their complete applications, the caliber and promise of their reporting on human rights and social justice issues, and their responses explaining how the Fellowship would be a transformative experience for their careers. Finalists for the Fellowship will be interviewed by the IWMF and committee members.
June 2022: Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow will be selected
January 2023: Fellowship begins in Boston with an internship at the Boston Globe and research/coursework at MIT’s Center for International Studies
May 2023: Fellow moves to New York for internship at The New York Times
June 2023: Fellowship ends
Documents Required for Application
- Current résumé or CV
- Statement of interest
- Fellowship goals
- Two work samples covering human rights or social justice issues (links preferred)
- If work samples are not in English, applicants must upload their own translations along with a professional translator’s assessment of their accuracy. Alternatively, applicants may have their work samples translated professionally.
- Two letters of recommendation (in English)
Method of Application
Interested and qualified? Go to International Women’s Media Foundation on iwmf.submittable.com to apply
For any inquiries related to the Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship, please contact Taylor Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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